Volunteers needed for Landscape Challenge planting on Sat., Sept. 30

By James Faupel
Vice-President and Chairperson Landscape Challenge
Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

Group of people with dirty hands from gardening

The 2015 “dirty hands” photo after planting completion

The 2017 Landscape Challenge planting day is almost here. This year’s property was chosen by representatives of Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter and Grow Native! from among applications received from Bring Conservation Home participants in Clayton, Brentwood, Richmond Hts., Ladue, Olivette, and Maplewood. The winning property is in Brentwood.

Designer Rob May has been working with winning homeowner Marlene Becker, and Shaw Nature Reserve’s Scott Woodbury to create the design. Rob is a horticulture student at STLCC Meramec, and is the president of the Meramec Botanical Society. Marlene had recently joined Wild Ones and already has the passion for wanting to learn more about Missouri’s native flora. She is very excited about her new native garden plans, and she has already prepared the site! 

group planting in a yard

Volunteers at the Landscape Challenge planting in 2015

The planting will be in full sun, in an area of the front yard near the street and driveway. The plant list has already been prepared and sent to Missouri Wildflowers Nursery.

Plan to participate in the planting, which will be:

Date: Saturday, September 30
Time: 9:00 a.m. until completion (possibly noon or earlier depending on the number of volunteers)
Location: See sign-up link below.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn and share knowledge about native plants and garden design.

Signup to help plant on the website’s Dig In! tab. Also, you can contact myself directly if need be through email at james_faupel@sbcglobal.net or on my mobile 314-753-9980.

[Editor’s Note: The 2016 Landscape Challenge was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.]